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6 A-Frame House Kits You Can Buy for Under $60,000

updated May 16, 2021
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Now that we’ve all spent plenty of quality time at home, more than a few of us are probably daydreaming of an affordable escape. Perhaps someplace small and quiet to commune with nature and get away from demands of our days spent indoors. 

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As it turns out, you don’t need to purchase a rustic log cabin or a faraway fixer-upper to achieve this new lifestyle. An A-frame house kit might just be your perfect solution. These cozy prefabricated structures are well-equipped, aesthetically pleasing, and can be built virtually anywhere, so they’re ideal for those looking to get off the grid — whether for a quick vacation or for good. 

Another appealing aspect of prefab A-frame homes is that they’re typically energy efficient, featuring smart design elements that make the most of natural light, heat, and cold to keep its inhabitants comfortable while minimizing energy consumption.

Even better? They’re not crazy expensive. We found six A-frame house kits for sale for under $60,000. Some are from Europe and Canada, meaning they may cost more to deliver to the U.S., so peruse the options below to find your perfect match.

(And if you’re not quite sold on A-frames just yet, check out these tiny home and yurt kits — or even just these free (or very affordable) tiny house plans.)

Credit: Courtesy of Den

Cost: $21,000
Size: 115 square feet

The DIY A-frames from Den, an American company, come in three colors and sleep two. They have beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows so you can be one with nature. You can set yours up to be either on-grid of off-the-grid.

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Cost: Starting at $24,800
Size: 435 square feet

Ideal for summer vacations and short-term stays, the Avrame Duo 75 is small yet comfortable. Created by an Estonian company, the one-story structure — made of strength-graded timber — can be assembled in three to six days. Optional extras include dormers, stairs, a terrace, and more.

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Cost: Starting at $52,750
Area: 1,300 square feet

Avrame’s Trio 120 is suitable for families with up to six kids and year-round living, according to the company. The two-story building has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also has ample windows and doors that let in natural light.

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Cost: $15,990, plus an additional $1,030 for a wooden bed platform with power sockets integrated into it, if you’d like
Area: 15.2 square meters (164 square feet)

This one’s for the camping enthusiasts among us. Made to meld with its natural surroundings, the Villa Massive by Slovenian company Lushna has no frills. It’s a simple bedroom with a large glass wall that brings the outside in. Featuring a shingle roof and made from untreated larch wood, it’s built to withstand all four seasons.

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Cost: $36,400. You can add a kitchen, bathroom and living room for an additional $9,430. You can also accessorize these spaces plus add on a balcony for an additional cost.
Area: 19 square meters (205 square feet)

Those seeking a bit more space will want to opt for Lushna’s Suite Lux, comprising a king-size bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchen. (Just look at that wood-plank front terrace with its rustic rope enclosure!) Open the glass door to blur the lines between the indoors and out.

Credit: The Backcountry Hut Company

Cost: $40,900 CDN ($32,708 USD)
Area: 107 square feet

The Backcountry Hut Company, based in British Columbia, was created in 2015 by avid outdoor enthusiasts with an appreciation for simplicity. The company offers three modular cabins. System 00, the newest and least expensive, is a one-room A-frame that can be assembled in less than a week by a handful of people.

Note: U.S. dollar conversions were accurate as of press time.